Does Health Reform Polling Really Matter?

June 30, 2010

There’s a new survey out today that brings comfort to those who strongly advocated the health reform legislation Congress passed earlier this year.  The Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that … Continued

Chronic Disease and Treating “The Whole Person”

June 25, 2010

There is an interview well worth reading on Kaiser Health News today.  Kate Lorig is the director of the Patient Education Research Center at Stanford University and is the creator … Continued

Another Newspaper Discovers The Medicare Access Problem

June 21, 2010

Last Friday in this space, we examined the impact public programs like Medicare and Medicaid, with their underpayments for healthcare services, are having on escalating healthcare costs for employers and … Continued

Why Will Employers’ Healthcare Costs Rise by Nine Percent?

June 18, 2010

A report from the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Health Research Institute says that U.S. employers will see their healthcare costs increase by nine percent in 2011.  What’s instructive, in terms of setting … Continued

The New York Times Buries The Lead

June 16, 2010

Here’s why you read news stories all the way to the end. In yesterday’s New York Times, there was an interesting article about healthcare in Rwanda.  The upshot of the … Continued

New Ideas on Attacking Alzheimer’s

June 11, 2010

Over the last decade, medical science has made tremendous strides in conquering disease.  Deaths from stroke, HIV, heart disease, prostate cancer and several other diseases have dropped significantly thanks to … Continued

The “Brave New World” of Health Insurance Markets

June 10, 2010

One of the best overviews I’ve seen of the issues facing health insurers – and, for that matter, health providers – as we move forward toward health reform implementation comes … Continued

Progress In the War Against Cancer

June 7, 2010

The last several days have brought good news on multiple fronts in the war against cancer.  News stories have spotlighted major strides, including: ·         Dr. Vincent Tuohy, an immunologist at … Continued

The Value Of Breaking Away From The Beltway

June 4, 2010

Whenever I speak to members of Congress or high-ranking officials from federal departments and agencies, I always encourage them to escape from the confines of Washington, DC and gather their … Continued

On Drug Importation, Listen to John Dingell

June 2, 2010

It’s so ironic that it could almost pass for satire.  Some in Congress want to use a food safety bill currently making its way through the legislative process as a … Continued